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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 13, 2009 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mr. Earl Retires...Not Dead, Yet.

Don't know much about inverters other than that they take DC and make AC power... the first units were really rough (square blocks modelling a sin curve) and didn't make high quality power but now they are modelling sin curves with differential equations and the quality of power is greatly increased...

I've taken a few introductory permaculture classes... might get certified if I can come up with the money or time... its a great design philosophy... one that every industry or endeavor could apply to great benefit.

My instructors were certified at The Farm in Tennessee. Maybe you know about the place... old hippie holdover from the early 70s.

Currently tryin' to learn as much as I can about renewable energy but my job is mostly focused on the municipal scale... really would like to get some practical knowledge on cost-effective and perhaps even home-built systems for personal use. Gettin' into alternative building as well...

Lookin' forward to getting out of University, which is mostly a prep school for industry peons, and getting some dirt under my nails... one more year and then watch out, World.

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 13, 2009 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mr. Earl Retires...Not Dead, Yet.

I visited The Farm,way back in the early sixties These people were well organized for survival in the boondocks .Very nice and decent group . The reason I could really live with them is because I can't stand religious daily talk .Christians,nor even the hare krishna,whatever else,The same righteous attitude gets on my nerve ,as a lifestyle .Na!

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 16, 2009 2:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mr. Earl Retires...Not Dead, Yet.

PS I must retify a detail :it was in mid 70's I visited the Farm in Tennessee .Much respect for them ,but never liked the religious talk, in daily life .

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Aug 13, 2009 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mr. Earl Retires...Not Dead, Yet.

I know a few folks who certified with people who were Farm "graduates". That's about as close as I've checked into them.

I've been real interested in the growingpower.org model and am trying to figure out a way to scale it. They have a facility in urban Milwaukee that raises enough fruits, vegetables, fish, goats, ducks and turkeys to feed 10,000 people per month. On a 2 acre piece of land.

Absolute genius - the bottom water from the tilapia tanks is pumped into the gardens for fertilizer, the manure from the ducks and turkeys is also used in the gardens as well as composting. The heat from the composting is used to heat the facility.

The best part is that the entire organization is not an enabling one. The food is given away to those who need it, but at the same time, it is almost entirely staffed and operated by people from the Milwaukee area.

Give a man a fish AND teach a man to fish......

How many such facilities do you think could be built with a tenth of the bailout money our Idiocracy in DC has thrown towards the banksters and special interest cronies?